Main Stage

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All SOAHR participants are encouraged to come together for these Main Stage sessions, supporting a shared experience to be in community with local thought leaders. No concurrent sessions will be held during these programs, and the Resource Partner Showcase will be closed. 


Discover Your Story: The Brain Tattoo Experience with Dear World

Khatdija Meghjani, Storyteller, Dear World


You might have seen Brain Tattoo photos on the internet over the past decade. Sweet, inspiring messages written in black marker on the faces, arms and hands of everyone from Coach K, college first years to Syrian Refugees. More than a million people have participated in Dear World’s storytelling methods since they began in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

And now you can be a part of the journey, too. The Brain Tattoo method is interactive, reflective and rooted in your personal narrative.


Be an active participant as you craft your own story and listen to the stories that others have to share. Don’t think you have a meaningful story or that you must pour your heart out? Fear not, Dear World has designed the experience to meet each participant where they’re at.


During this session, participants will be able to:

On April 17, SOAHR participants will have the opportunity to share their own stories as Dear World studio photographers will be on site taking portraits.

Dinner & Dialogue

Skot Waldron

As part of SOAHR 2024, join colleagues for the HR Excellence Awards, celebrating local leaders and people-centric organizations. Winners will be announced at a reception, followed by a Main Stage Dinner & Dialogue, where you can earn recertification credits through discussion about communication and strategic leadership.


Dinner & Dialogue will be facilitated by Atlanta-based communications strategist Skot Waldon. For the past 20 years, Skot Waldron’s work for clients such as J.P. Morgan Chase, CDC, Mount Sinai Hospital, Sesame Workshop, The Home Depot, and The Coca-Cola Company has included national and international communication programs. Unlike most communication programs out there, Skot coaches leaders and employees to become liberators using programs that are simple, scalable, and sustainable for the long term.


Join colleagues, peers, and those you’ve just met as we close SOAHR 2024 from the Main Stage.

Listen to Our Stories: Brain Tattoos revealed with Dear World

Khatdija Meghjani, Storyteller, Dear World

Have you ever seen a colleague transform before your eyes? During the course of SOAHR 2024 our team has been listening to the stories of the attendees. We’ve asked a few of them if they’d be willing to share their story on stage for you. We’ll close with highlights of the week and a slideshow of our favorite Brain Tattoos from SOAHR 2024.

Dr. Yoram Solomon

Join colleagues, peers, and those you’ve just met as we close SOAHR 2024 from the Main Stage. 

First, members of our SHRM-Atlanta community will share their stories and portraits with you in the spirit of the Dear World experience.  

Then, we’ll hear from our closing Main Stage speaker,  Dr. Yoram Solomon about the crucial role you play in fostering trust within your organization. Dr. Solomon is a renowned trust expert and author of The Book of Trust (now in its 3rd edition). He’ll help us understand the deeply personal nature of trust, acknowledging that every person has a story shaping their perception of trustworthiness. 

Dr. Solomon’s unique approach combines the science of trust with habit-forming techniques, empowering individuals and organizations to build lasting trust. From the Main Stage, you’ll:

Identify opportunities to empower yourself, weaving trust seamlessly into your organizational framework.

Finally, to enhance reflection and accountability to apply what you’ve learned through SOAHR, participate in a drafting next steps in community with other attendees.

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